It was an amazingly grace filled day as we entered the Old City of Jerusalem to begin the journey along the Via Dolorosa. The Mount Pisgah group along with folks from FBC Tuscaloosa and others stopped in the Church of the Condemnation to worship. Almost 2000 years ago this is where Jesus was condemned to be crucified and was appointed a cross.
Though Jesus carried that cross all the way til Golgotha, the fact is, it is not His cross, it is ours. A cross we could not dare carry and a price that we simply cannot pay. This is grace! That Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners like you and I and to redeem our life from the pit and give us a glorious and fruitful life as we choose to live as His disciples who are abiding in Him.
We had begun the day with a devotion and prayer that reminded us we were about to experience in one day what Jesus was recorded in the Gospels to endure the last week of His life. The Palm Sunday Path where people cried out Hosanna the Messiah has come was also the path that led Jesus to cry out in anguish to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. He endured the betrayal of his disciple, friend, and treasurer Judas Iscariot who sold him out. Finally, he was condemned, crucified like a thief, but in the end He was victorious and won our victory through His resurrection.
That reality was on every face in our group today as we retraced those steps. What a story, what a Lord! And this is grace, if Christ can do it for us, Christ can do it for you! The Gift of Jesus is yours today, will you embrace Him as Lord and Savior even in your own Via Dolorosa or Palm Sunday Path? God wants you to know you are loved! What a day of worship, singinig and prayer. Surely the presence of the Lord is with us, thanks be to God!